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NMSU Hotline — March 31, 2017

NMSU alumni create largest endowed scholarship for management students


Ross and Patty McCallister remember the determination it took to finish their college education at New Mexico State University in the 1970s. They also know that the challenges they overcame are magnified in today?s economy.

Forty years after graduating from NMSU?s College of Business, the co-owners and founders of MC Companies, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, have established the Ross and Patty McCallister Endowed Scholarship to support junior or senior students with a declared major in management. It?s the largest scholarship to date in the Management Department.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series today

Cecilia Moens, Developmental Biology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, will present a talk titled ?Turning heads: the development of cranial motor nerves in the zebrafish” at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research and are open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Moens will discuss using the transparent zebrafish model to discover genetic and cellular mechanisms that control motor neuron migration and topographic mapping in the head. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/Moens.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Save the Date: Founders Day, Faculty & Staff Campaign Launch April 26

New Mexico State University?s third annual Founders Day will be celebrated April 26 featuring a picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Traders Plaza, south of the College of Business. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
Founders Day is a time to commemorate the founding of our institution and celebrate the things that make NMSU unique, like chile. Join us in exploring the rich culinary and agricultural tradition of New Mexico chile. The day?s festivities also include the launch of the faculty and staff initiative of NMSU?s Comprehensive Campaign ? a system-wide effort to raise money and pledges to support students, faculty and staff excellence.

Lunch will be provided by Employee Council. The celebration is a collaboration between Employee Council and University Advancement.

Find out more at http://foundersday.nmsu.edu.

Environmental Design Contest set for April 2-5

For the 27th year, NMSU?s College of Engineering will be hosting the WERC Environmental Design Contest. On April 2, 24 engineering teams from across the U.S. will convene at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum to compete in four environmental-related tasks. This year?s tasks are an open task, a task focused on Passive Solar Distillation of Acid Rock Drainage Waters, one focused on Tailings Dust Emissions, and a task to create a device that monitors and analyzes the environment and communicates the information to an Internet site and a mobile phone. The student teams have spent the past several months designing solutions to these real world problems, and have developed fully operational bench-scale solutions that will be presented to a panel of judges comprised of environmental professionals. The teams bring together engineering, science, business and communication skills to prepare four different presentations: written, oral, poster and a working bench scale model of their developed process. This year?s sponsors of the design contest include Freeport-McMoRan, Intel Corporation, the College of Engineering and the state of New Mexico.

New Mexico university teams include NMSU and UNM. NMSU faculty and staff are invited to attend the event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

Giveaway! Share your favorite place on campus

Calling all Aggies. Do you have a favorite spot at NMSU? Is there a location somewhere on this big, beautiful campus where you just love to hang out? We?d like to know. We?d also love to share it with everyone in the region. Get your phones ready. Here?s how it works:
1. Take a picture of your favorite place on campus
2. Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #VisitNMSU
3. Make sure to follow @nmsu_allaboutdiscovery and @nmsu on Instagram
4. Upload your photo(s) here https://www.nmsu.edu/inside/visitnmsu/

Up to 10 pictures per week will be selected. Winners receive a T-shirt (while supplies last) and your photo will appear on digital billboards in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, El Paso and Phoenix; winners will be notified by email if their photo is selected. Participants are allowed to submit up to five photos per person for the duration of the contest, March 31?April 21. Let?s show the rest of the region why NMSU is the right choice.

?Hidden Figures? author to speak at NMSU

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of ?Hidden Figures,? will speak at New Mexico State University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts Medoff Theatre. Admission is free.

?Hidden Figures? was a No. 1 New York Times? best-seller, and the film adaptation of the book was the No. 1 movie in the United States. In ?Hidden Figures,? Shetterly tells the story of female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA?s success as the United States Space Program took shape during a time of segregation.

Part of the University Speakers Series, Shetterly?s presentation is made possible by Associated Students of NMSU, Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Honors College, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the College of Engineering?s Women in STEM.

For more information, call the Honors College at 575-646-2005 or visit honors.nmsu.edu/honors-events/speakers-series.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Milton Hall, Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at anytime; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. This month?s guest speaker will be Raquel Garzon, NMSU Extension Specialist, who will be presenting ?The Carbon Footprint of Food.?

The meeting will be available online at https://zoom.us/j/973677801 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

2017 Space Survey Training offered next week

Facilities Space Planning will be providing the Annual Space Training to aid with the new electronic space survey implementation. To register, click on one of the sessions listed below. Please forward or share with anyone else in your departments that may need to attend.

April 5
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs, Room 210

April 6
2:30-4 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs, Room 210

April 7
10:30 a.m.?12 p.m.
Academic Research Building C, Room 110

Critical Thinking: Thinking About Thinking workshop to be held Wednesday

Critical Thinking: Thinking About Thinking will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225. How skilled are you as a thinker? Why do you think the way you do? Most employers list critical thinking as a desired skill in future employees. Discuss becoming a critical thinker in order to get more from your education.

Contact the Student Success Center in Room 128 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center or call 575-646-3136 for more information. Like us on Facebook @NMSU Student Success Center.

NMSU Alumni Association seeks nominations for distinguished alums and service award

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association is now seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni awards and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

The Distinguished Alumni award will be presented to one recipient each from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Health and Social Services; and one James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be given during the 2017 Homecoming celebration.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. To be considered, nominees must be a graduate of NMSU and available to attend Homecoming events during the fall of 2017. In addition to achieving distinction in their business or professional lives, nominees must have performed specific, meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service, established in 1966, recognizes those who have shown progressive support to NMSU, dedicated involvement with NMSU, impactful civic and humanitarian service at NMSU and within the communities around them, and notable professional service.

Nominations from the past two years will be considered; however, the nominator must resubmit their request through the nomination form, which is available online at advancing.nmsu.edu/alumni-awardsandprograms.

Completed application and supporting documents can be emailed to alumni@nmsu.edu or mailed to NMSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 3590 Las Cruces, NM 88003, prior to April 7.

For questions, contact Katherine Vandertulip at 575-646-7551 or kwvander@nmsu.edu.

College of Education to host speaker on social justice education April 17

Kevin K. Kumashiro, former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, educational equity and social justice, will visit New Mexico State University April 17 to discuss social justice education.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a presentation and question and answer session from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. April 17 in Room 111 of O?Donnell Hall. Kumashiro will discuss ?Advancing social justice education in the era of Trump/DeVos: Current trends at the federal level and what this means for educators.? A reception will follow. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., graduate students are invited to ?Re-framing Academia: A Conversation with Kevin Kumashiro.? The session will also take place in Room 111 of O?Donnell Hall.

Kumashiro has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has served as a consultant for school districts, organizations, and state and federal agencies. He is an award-winning author and editor of 10 books on education and social justice, and is the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education. He is also a founding member of CARE-ED (California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education), a founding member of Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE), on the board of directors of Turnaround Arts: California, and a fellow of the National Education Policy Center.

Please RSVP for each event by contacting Leslie Perez at leslies@nmsu.edu by April 10.

Joshua Salmon named to 2017 PGA LEAD class

In 2016, the PGA of America launched PGA LEAD, an emerging leaders program designed to identify, mentor and progress PGA Professionals from diverse backgrounds, who aspire to leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels of the association. In total, 15 PGA Professionals comprised the inaugural PGA LEAD class of 2016-2017.

This year brings a new class of 15 PGA Professionals who were selected including Joshua Salmon. A Sun Country PGA Section member, Salmon is the assistant director of the PGA Golf Management Program at New Mexico State University. Previously, he was the assistant PGA Golf Professional at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course in Las Cruces. Salmon received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University?s College of Business, where he is now an MBA candidate.

?Everyone should have the opportunity to seek out and do the things they love, regardless of their financial background, race and gender,? said Salmon. ?If we as mentors and leaders can create a culture that fosters these basic principles, we can truly make a difference in people?s lives.?

Aggie Leadership Training Academy cohort creates NMSU Values

As part of Vision 2020, New Mexico State University?s Values was a project the inaugural class of the Aggie Leadership Training Academy completed. The five NMSU values are diversity and inclusion, accountability, excellence, discovery and engagement. NMSU?s mission, vision and values can be viewed at https://plan.nmsu.edu.

The 18-member cohort presented their final project, Institutional Core Values, to Provost Dan Howard and other distinguished guests in June 2016 at a graduation ceremony.

For more information on the 2015-2016 Aggie Leadership Training Academy including a list of cohort members visit https://training.nmsu.edu/alta/2015aggie-leadership-training-academy/.

Nepali students at NMSU to host annual science and technology conference

The Nepali Students Association, or NeSA, at New Mexico State University will host its ninth annual international conference on Saturday, April 1, titled ?Science and Technology-New Perspectives and Challenges.?

The previous eight international conferences organized by NeSA were highly successful in bringing the Nepali and international experts together. Arjun Kumar Karki, Nepalese ambassador to the U.S., will be the conference keynote speaker. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Domenici Hall Room 109. A post-conference social will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Doņa Ana Room, on the third floor of the Corbett Center Student Union.